India launched its 100th satellite on Friday as Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeks to project the country as a global low-priced provider of services in space.
The launch vehicle is carrying 31 satellites: 28 from six other countries and three from India, including the country's 100th.
Indian Space Research Organisation to launch Cartosat-2 Series satellite on PSLV rocket from Sriharikota in Andhra Pradesh. He said, "Many customers have come to ISRO for their launch immediately after our last failure".
The other one, a nanosatellite, named Indian Nano Satellite (INS) - 1C, is the third in its series; its predecessors were part of the PSLV-C37 launch of February 2017.
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"The 31 spacecrafts, including weather observation Cartosat-2 series satellite, will be launched by PSLV-C40", said ISRO Satellite Centre (ISAC) director M. Annadurai.
ISRO prepared for the PSLV comeback launch today.
The launch of the satellites was originally slated for January 10.
The micro satellite would be India's 100th satellite in space around the earth's orbit. The rocket's shield had failed to separate, due to which the satellite could not launch.
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The launch is estimated to take 7 minutes and 15 seconds, and the telecast will be both in Hindi and English.
A similar kind of process was taken up during the launch of SCATSAT-1 on-board PSLV-C35 in September 2016 in which the fourth stage engine was restarted and later cut off for launching the satellite.
The Cartosat-2, whose imagery will be used to develop various land and geographical information system applications, was placed in a circular polar sun synchronous orbit 505 km from the Earth. Sivan was speaking in the context of ISRO's failed launch in August.
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